Westport music educator Rose Chancler, who teaches from her studio in the old Hamilton Building here in town, also directs Piano by Nature, a not-for-profit with the mission of bringing renowned, world-class musicians to audiences in the North Country.
You may have noticed there was no Westport column last week, as the old in-box was empty.
Congratulations to Champlain Area Trails (CATS) on winning a $70,000 grant from the state over the next two years to help them hire a stewardship coordinator.
Perhaps you saw the excellent article in last week’s paper about the increasing pressures faced by local volunteer fire departments and ambulance squads.
Westport outdoor guide Elizabeth Lee is playing it close the chest on where she’ll lead her interpretive hike “Wildflowers of the Champlain Valley” this Saturday, April 25, but she will choose one of the nearby trails maintained by Champlain Area Trails (CATS) after scouting to see which one has the very best wildflowers at the time.
This Saturday, April 18, from 9 to 11 a.m., join Ticonderoga naturalists Glen and Malinda Chapman on the Champlain Area Trails (CATS) Coot Hill-Big Hollow Bird Walk and Hawk Watch, an interpretive hike along the CATS trail south of Port Henry with a gorgeous view looking out over Crown Point and the Champlain Bridge.
Here’s a reminder about “Sunday Brunch: A Sourdough Waffle and Fritatta Extravaganza” at Dogwood Bread Company in Wadhams from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 12, to benefit the Wadhams Free Library.
The Wadhams Free Library’s Wednesdays in Wadhams spring lecture series has been going strong even if your Westport columnist has been on sabbatical.
Writing these columns has been a weekly pleasure, so I’m sad to bid readers a temporary goodbye till we resume in the spring.
If you registered your child for the Youth Commission’s Ski-and-Ride Program back in December, the first Whiteface trip is planned for Sunday, Jan. 11.
Congratulations to Barry Morrison, who won the Fire Department’s Big Basket of Cheer in the drawing on Dec. 19, as well as to the Small Basket of Cheer winners, Frank Walker and “Dave and Dave.”
Season’s Greetings to all and sundry—especially to seasonal residents who are joining us for a week or two (or, we hope, more) during the holidays.
Westport Central School is accepting nominations for the Wall of Distinction, which you can see next time you’re in the school in the hallway outside the Auditorium.
The holiday season is upon us, and your volunteer firefighters in the Westport Hose Company are selling tickets for their annual Holiday Basket of Cheer drawing, which will be held on Dec. 19.
Don’t miss the third annual Fly Like an Eagle Fun Run (followed by a tasty breakfast) at Westport Central School this Saturday, Nov. 15, starting at 9 a.m.
Most likely, you have noticed the doings at Ballard Park toward the end of October — dump trucks, big loads of stone dust, excavators, even some corrugated PVC conduit of the sort used in culverts.
Westport music educator Rose Chancler has once again arranged for a brilliant and innovative musician to come perform for a North Country audience.
Do you have a friend or neighbor who has done something special, or is doing something special, for the community?
It’s time, again, folks! Wadhams Free Library and Dogwood Bread Company invite you to the library’s annual fall FUNraiser Sunday Brunch, which will be hosted by the bakery on Sunday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Plattsburgh artist Les Cosgrove will be on hand at the Depot Theatre for the opening of her art show “Meet Your Mother” this Saturday, Oct. 4, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Noticed all those CATS trailhead signs that have popped up in our neck of the Champlain Valley over the past few years?
I need to clarify last week’s column about the proposed Town Hall renovation.
Here’s the report I promised on the Aug. 25 public meeting about the proposed Town Hall renovation project.
Though hearty Shakespeare in the Park audiences have stood up to a few brief drizzles now and then over the past dozen years, this past Sunday’s Labor Day weekend performance is the first time we’ve moved indoors to our rain venue, the Westport Heritage House.
This season’s second production in the Westport Shakespeare-in-the-Park Festival, “Love’s Labours Lost,” will take place in its accustomed time slot, the Sunday of Labor Day weekend at 3 p.m.
Good news (sort of) for ACAP Afterschool Program parents and kids—as of now, the Westport program will run through September, which is better than nothing for the 30 or so families in the community who rely on it.
Westport music educator Rose Chancler will be familiar to many readers for Piano by Nature, the program she runs that brings internationally recognized musicians to perform here in the North Country (usually at the Hand House in Elizabethtown).
This weekend, you’ll have several chances to enjoy the Depot Theatre Apprentice Program’s production of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” in which our talented student actors light up the bard’s classic comedy of long-lost twins, cross-dressing, mistaken identities and merry-go-round romantic shenanigans.
The news from Adirondack Community Action Programs is the Westport After School Program did not get funded for the coming school year.
It’s wonderful to see so many visitors to the area this summer, and to welcome back all our seasonal residents as well.
Summer is in full swing, and there were lots of people around for our terrific Independence Day celebration.
Along with the other exciting festivities — the Parade, the Ice Cream Social, the Pig Roast, the Square Dancing, and the Fireworks, all on Saturday, July 5 — Westport’s Independence Day Celebration has a new twist this year.
Thursday night Community Concerts in the Ballard Park Performance Pavilion begin this week, and this year—the fourteenth in the series—the program has a new name, Soundwaves.
Westport’s volunteer firefighters and ambulance squad members have asked me to pass along a big “thank you!”
Congratulations once again to Champlain Area Trails (CATS) on a successful variety of activities marking National Trails Day last Saturday.
The Westport Heritage House Visitors Center is getting ready for its sixth summer of welcoming the world to our little town.
The fifth annual Celebrate Champlain Area Trails (CATS) Event takes place on National Trails Day, Saturday, June 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Block House Farm in Essex.
Congratulations to all those who took home a trophy from the Westport Fish & Game Club Annual Youth Fishing Contest on Saturday, May 10.
One of the casualties of the dread polar vortex back in February was a snowed-out lecture at the Wadhams Free Library by muralists Susan Shanley of Saratoga and Lynda Smyth of Port Henry, who led a group of 12 volunteers to a small fishing village in Mexico last spring to create a series of colorful outdoor murals with local children.
It’s school budget season once again, with the vote set for Tuesday, May 20 from noon to 9 p.m. at Westport Central School (in the hallway outside the Auditorium).
For nearly two decades, we have enjoyed Thursday night community concerts at the Performance Pavilion in Ballard Park during the summer season.
Mountain Lakes Services has offered the Town a great deal for a Clothes Recycling Program, just in time for Spring Cleaning.
Congratulations to Westport resident Jennifer Moore, who recently received national recognition for her work as head of the music department at Willsboro Central School.
This busy weekend, the Westport Drama Club presents “Rumpelstiltskin,” directed by Paul Mudie and Cathy Brankman, with performances on Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium.
If the people who decide what gets played at classical music concerts are stuck in a rut of same old, same old—Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, with the occasional Brahms or Mahler thrown in to show how with-it they are—it’s not Rose Chancler’s fault.
If you’ve seen some unusual activity out in the bay over the past few weeks—such as several blinding blurs shaped like sailboats but acting like Ferraris on skates—you aren’t necessarily going nuts from cabin fever.
Congratulations to Arthur Dodge on his retirement last week, after 27 years of connecting us all to the outside world (or should that be connecting the outside world to us?).
There will be a public meeting this Monday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall to discuss the plans for a new combined Fire Station and Town Highway Garage, and also to discuss the plans to renovate the Town Hall building.
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